No, finals are not known for being something to look forward to, but fueling your brain on brain-nourishing foods is always fun! This weekend, I made a flourless cookie with brain super foods proven to be good for your brain and possibly even improve concentration. Perfect for finals :-)
- 1 cup mashed bananas
- ½ cup peanut butter
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 egg
- Semi-sweet of milk chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray/oil/ butter a baking sheet.
Combine banana, sugar, and peanut butter. Beating with an electric mixer is heavily recommended. Add vanilla, a beaten egg, and baking soda. Continue to mix until smooth and creamy. Fold in chocolate chips.
Shape the cookies into round balls then flatten them a bit on the baking sheet. (I like to make my cookies nice and big.)
Bake for about 10-15 minutes.
You can also make these cookies marbled, which is where you melt the chocolate before mixing it in the batter for those cool chocolate swirl
These cookies are moist, cakey, and they have the texture similar to banana nut muffins or a black and white cookie. They have awesome balance between peanut butter and banana. The chocolate chips are just the icing on the cake!
They are called smart cookies because peanut butter has healthy fats for your brain and omega-3’s come from the egg. Bananas are also said to be good for your brain, and cocoa powder in the chocolate is proven to improve concentration. The Aztecs used to eat chocolate like medicine to make them smarter!
I hope you consider whipping up a batch before your next exam to fuel your brain, as well as relieve some of that stress from studying.